April 23 — Students of the Class of 2020 at Drew University in Madison New Jersey recently created 40 Hearts of Hope as part of an initiative to send love and compassion to a group in need. Kassel Franco Garibay, reached out to Hearts of Hope and connected with the Imagine Children's Bereavement Center in Mountainside, NJ. Arrangements are being made to deliver the completed hearts and their accompanying messages of hope and inspiration in early May.
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Volunteers create Hearts of Hope to benefit the Angel Gown Project and Bridgeport Hospital Newborn ICU.
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On Saturday April 28, the Stratford and Newtown chapters joined forces with the University of Bridgeport for a Day of Hope. We ran a 4 hour workshop where the participants were able to see the process of what it takes to make a Heart from start to finish. Participants were able to see the blocks of clay rolled out into slabs, and then they were able to turn those slabs into the actual
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Stratford Chapter Vice President Gwen Cook has created a fantastic blog documenting her Hearts of Hope experiences and events complete with narrative and great photos. Her blog will be featured on this page regularly. Please feel free to comment and view this great resource. Check it out.
From Hearts of Hope event to Angel Gown Project
2018 Hope Scholar recipients announced
May 1: Last year Hearts of Hope announced the creation of the Hope Scholarship, a $500 award for student volunteers who stood above the rest regarding their academic achievement and proven track record of community service to Hearts of Hope. Executive Director Judy Pedersen is proud to announce that Matthew Nagy and Alisa Lori Delaney are the 2018 Recipients of the Hope Scholarships. Congratulations to these extraordinary young people.
April 12; Hearts of Hope Stratford held a Paint with a Purpose event benefitting two worthy causes; the Angel Gown Project and the families who have children in the Bridgeport Hospital Newborn ICU. The Angel Gown Project is part of a nonprofit organization called Real Imprints. It is an ongoing project that brings hope and healing to families that have lost a baby too soon. A bride donates her beautiful wedding gown which is then sent to a volunteer seamstress who lovingly turns it into Angel Gowns. These Angel Gowns are delivered to hospitals and given to families whose precious baby will never be coming home with them. It provides these families with a beautiful outfit to dress their precious baby in for their final journey. Angel Gowns are a gift of love from both a bride and a seamstress to honor not only a precious baby, but their family as well.
While the painting event was initially scheduled for two hours, the students were so inspired and enjoying themselves, they continued to paint hearts for an additional 4 - 5 hours in one of the participant's dormitory room. Such an event is the perfect example how one groups' desire to do something positive leads to touching the hearts of people who need such a gesture. If you, your family or group would like to become involved in our mission, send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
hearts. After spending some time in the Clay Room, participants then could go to the Painting Room and paint a heart, and if they had time, get involved in the process of making a coloring book heart. By the looks of the faces in the photos, everyone had a great time.
Earth Day was a popular theme for Hearts of Hope
Alisa Lori Delaney
April 14, Parkland Florida: 2000 Hearts of Hope from hundreds of different volunteers around the country were delivered to Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in a show of support for the terrible shooting in February. For more details and photographs, click here.
Over 2000 Hearts of Hope delivered to
Stoneman Douglas High School
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Northern New Jersey enjoyed an exciting year!
Our monthly "Paint with a Purpose" event at Calandra's Italian Village, West Caldwell introduced us to amazing causes including Meals on Wheels and the Progeria Foundation. We painted for first responders and the victims of the Parkland, Florida shooting, among others.
All of this is made possible through the generosity and kindness of The Santiago Abut Foundation and their grant to support the creation of 1,000 Hearts of Hope to be delivered throughout New Jersey region during 2018. As a result of The Santiago Abut Foundation, Hearts of Hope has reached further than ever before, touching more hearts, supporting more people and creating hope for those who need it most. This mission continues throughout the remainder of 2018.
As we continue to achieve our goals and work to expand our partners and those we serve in North Jersey, we will take a hiatus from our monthly "Paint with a Purpose" events at Clandara’s Italian Village. We are indebted to the kindness and giving spirit of Ms. Alice Nagy and Ms. Joni J., our outgoing leadership team for Northern New Jersey. We appreciate their creativity and dedication to Hearts of Hope throughout the years. We also thank Calandra's Italian Village for giving Hearts of Hope a home and place to “create hope”.
We invite you to join us as we expand our leadership team in Northern New Jersey. Call us at 973.224.6900 or email email@example.com .Together, we truly do “create hope…one heart at a time.”
Here is how hope gets created
Good Morning! I read about your organization on an Oncology web site. The writing described the fact that you paint and send hearts out to cancer patients.
I wanted to let you know I work for a small community non-profit hospital in Rochester NH – Frisbie Memorial Hospital. The socio-economic demographics area is financially depressed. Some of our patients have no way to get to the hospital for chemotherapy treatment, but this hospital does have a van that is sent out at no charge to pick up and return patients home after their treatment. Some of our patients don’t have phones, let alone cell phones.
When I read the article, I thought what a pleasure our patients would get from receiving a painted heart from your organization. Please let me know what type of information you might need from me for us to get a supply a hearts for our patients.
With heartfelt thanks,
Alicia W. Hughes RN, Clinical Nurse Leader, Frisbie Memorial Hospital
May 1: We thought it would be worthwhile to share with our readers how simple it is to become involved with Hearts of Hope. Below is an email we just received from a Critical Nurse Leader at Frisbie Memorial Hospital in Rochester, New Hampshire. Ms. Hughes simply reached out to do something positive and compassionate for her patients and we have naturally responded and will be sending finished Hearts of hope to many of her patients in the coming weeks. Thank you Alicia for caring and for becoming a part of our Movement.